There are guys who can go out there from day one and play. But you have to have reasonable expectations for 17, 18, 19 year old guys who have not played before.
"You have to start slow and give them different things and really support those guys. Try to teach them how to go out there and really work and prepare and those things will carry over to later years but realize they are only freshmen," Newton said. "As you get older, you get wiser and become a little more realistic. You start to understand how things work leading up to camp. There are guys who can go out there from day one and play. But you have to have reasonable expectations for 17, 18, 19 year old guys who have not played before.
"I?have been thrown into the fire. Sometimes it burned. You just have to learn from every experience and pick it up on the run."
Newton hopes having eight months to fully prepare to be UK's No. 1 quarterback rather than thrust into the role due to an injury or suspension helps him, too.
"It is definitely different to kind of be able to take your time and then really go through things and assess your skills and watch yourself on film," Newton said. "That has to help, or should. I'm confident in this offense. I'm confident in the guys lining up with me. I know we can be productive. It's just up to us to go out and show it."